Men Without Women: My Thoughts on Haruki Murakami

I recently read Murakami’s latest short story collection, Men Without Women. Like all of Murakami’s books, Men Without Women appeared in Japanese first. This one in 2014 and was released in English in 2017. They read in the same mesmerising, I-Novel style, traditional to Japanese writers, which is pretty much the first-person narrative. Exposing the … Continue reading Men Without Women: My Thoughts on Haruki Murakami

The New Professional Craze

What makes us crazy in the 21st century, era of computers, Generation fb, the false space-age, the present future? Eleven years ago I was unemployed for a year and struggled not only to find a job but to understand what that meant. I walked in the Jobcentre and a woman at a desk asked me … Continue reading The New Professional Craze

The Beginning of 2015 – On the Beach and the Sand Dunes

At the start of the year (2014) I wasn't writing much, couldn't think of anything, had something heavy like an anchor pulling me down into the ocean of no ideas. It's just one of those things as a writer and you just have to free yourself of it somehow, and the only way to do … Continue reading The Beginning of 2015 – On the Beach and the Sand Dunes

A Collaboration And Getting Back To Writing

My girlfriend and I are both writers. We differ in the books that we read and the genres we like to write. I read books by Haruki Murakami and David Foster Wallace. She reads Harlen Coben and Gillian Flynn. I like to write prose and poetry. She likes to write prose and screenplays. This latter … Continue reading A Collaboration And Getting Back To Writing

Black Friday and the Nightmare of Rock-Bottom Prices

On Friday the 28th of November 2014 I got the train to work as usual and unlucky for me, I work in retail. The train had its own sense of lacklustre from the get-go, crammed with earlybird shoppers who somehow painstakingly kill whatever morning time they have with their families to travel to town to … Continue reading Black Friday and the Nightmare of Rock-Bottom Prices

Making A Life-Decision – Or Opting Out

In April last year I was with my friend in Amsterdam and we were sat in a bar discussing our lives. I told him I wanted - no, needed - a career. And soon. I'd spent three years in university studying English Literature and Creative Writing and I'd recently graduated with a Masters in Writing, … Continue reading Making A Life-Decision – Or Opting Out